Intel's new Z270 and H270 chipsets detailed

Bringing more PCIe lanes

Today, we get to check out a bit more information regarding Intel's upcoming Z270 and H270 Express chipset motherboards, that should be launching early next-year.

Early next-year, Intel is set to launch its new 7th generation Core Kaby Lake desktop CPUs as well as the new Intel 200-series motherboards that will be based on LGA1151 socket. While Kaby Lake CPUs will support current 100-series chipsets with BIOS update, there are quite a few improvements that will be available with 200-series chipsets, including more PCIe lanes as well as support for Intel Optane technology.

According to details provided by, the new Z270 and HG270 chipset will have Kaby Lake CPU support out of the box. Both chipsets will also have 14 downstream PCIe lanes, which is a decent improvement over 10 lanes on the 100-series chipsets. This means that motherboard manufacturers will have more free lanes for Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 controllers, M.2 slots and more PCIe slots with higher bandwidth.

The new 200-series chipsets will also bring support for Intel's Optane technology, a new SSDs based on Intel's 3D X-Point memory as well as support for Rapid Storage Technology v15.

The Z270 and H270 are pretty much the same except for the fact that the Z270 will support CPU overclocking as well as bring multi-GPU support by splitting the PCIe 3.0 x16 port in two PCIe 3.0 x8 slots with 3-way lane switches.

In any case, Intel's Kaby Lake desktop CPUs will not bring many updates or impressively higher performance but the new 200-series chipsets will certainly bring plenty of new features.

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News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Paul Görnhardt - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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